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Billy Connolly is coming to The Royal!
By Ger Duffy
11, Feb 2013 - 15:48

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Billy Connolly, the greatest stand-up comedian of his generation, brings his ‘The Man Live Tour’ to  THE ROYAL THEATRE, Castlebar on Tuesday 30th April.

At every good-times gathering of joke-telling friends, invariably there’s always a joke told that belongs to this legend of comedy - a priceless one-liner, or one of his bizarre stories told in a Scottish accent. But no one can do it like ‘The Man Live’: Billy Connolly - stand-up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter and artist. Billy has lived the life and has laughed at every turn.

After an apprenticeship as a welder in his hometown of Glasgow, he became a professional performer in 1962, forming ‘The Humblebums’ band with Gerry Rafferty, before pursuing a solo career as a comedian. Connolly found cult success through his stand-up and live comedy albums. He has toured worldwide continuously for the last 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10,000,000, was awarded a CBE in 2003, was given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 2010 and received the BAFTA in Scotland Outstanding Contribution to Television and Film Award in 2012, and has established himself as both a sought-after character actor and an accomplished voice performer.

Best known for his moving performance as the loyal servant John Brown in the highly acclaimed Mrs Brown, Connolly’s many other film credits includeGulliver's Travels, The X-Files, Garfield 2 and The Impostors, as well as the acclaimed BBC production The Life and Crimes of Deacon Brodie. His voice is also featured on many animated films including Pocahontas and the Disney Pixar animation Brave. He has recently appeared in Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman, as well as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

On television, he featured in Head Of Class, and his own series, Billy. He hosted Billy Connolly's World Tour Of Scotland, a six-part series travel documentary, a theme continued later in his World Tours of New Zealand, Australia and England, Ireland and Wales. More recently he has hostedJourney To The Edge Of The World and Route 66. Connolly has also made various television guest appearances, most notably in the U.S. series House M.D., as well Third Rock From The Sun and Veronica's Closet.

Tickets, €54.25 & €49.25, go on sale THIS FRIDAY AT 9AM from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online or from the Royal Theatre Box office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.





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